The New York Yankees have stepped up their starting pitching and are acting for Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ, the team announced on Thursday.
Infielder Brandon Drury was traded to Toronto along with Triple-A outfielder Billy McKinney.
Happ is 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 114 innings for the Blue Jays this season.
He had success against the Red Sox, the Yankees' main competitor in the American League East, with a .84 ERA in two starts against Boston this season. In his last stint against the Red Sox, he gave up five runs, including a grand slam against Mookie Betts, in a 6-4 loss, but the runs were undeserved. He is 7-4 with a 2.98 ERA in his career against the Red Sox.
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A 12-year veteran, Happ has a career record of 102-82 and a 3.95 ERA. He has played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates as well as the Blue Jays.
Drury, who has played all the infield positions this season, beats .176 in 18 games in the majors. In February, taken over by the Yankees of the Arizona Diamondbacks, he started the season as the Yankees' third baseman. Drury went on the disabled list after the eighth game of the team due to the blurred vision and migraines and lost his job to rookie Miguel Andujar. He has played in just 10 games since then.
McKinney spent most of the season in the minors and is currently at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. In 62 games on three levels, he beats with 23 home runs and 35 RBIs .230. He has played two games for the Yankees this season and on 30/31. March played for injuries to other outfielders.
He was drafted in the first round (24th overall) of the 2013 design by the Oakland Athletics. The Yankees acquired McKinney from the Cubs, who sent Aroldis Chapman to Chicago in 2016.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.